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MADRID, 17 (EUROPA PRESS)
The US State Department has reiterated its concern at the information received about the development of the elections last weekend in Uganda and that they passed with “irregularities”, according to a statement.
“We are deeply concerned about the numerous and credible reports of violence by the security forces during the pre-electoral period and the irregularities that exist during the elections,” spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus denounced in a note posted on the department’s website.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been re-elected to office after winning the election this week, in which he has collected 58.64 percent of the votes, according to the final results of the country’s Electoral Commission. published this Saturday.
His rival, opposition politician Robert Kyagunlanyi, better known by his stage name, Bobi Wine, and who has alleged a “complete electoral fraud”, has collected 38.43 percent of the votes, according to the final results published by the Ugandan network NTV.
The percentage obtained by Museveni exceeds 50 percent of the votes and, therefore, exempts him from participating in a second round in which he would have faced again against the opposition candidate, after a very violent electoral campaign that has resulted in dozens of dead.
“We strongly urge that independent, credible, impartial and exhaustive investigations are carried out into these reports and that those responsible are held accountable,” according to the US spokeswoman, who has condemned the harassment of Bobi Wine, who has denounced incursions military at home.
“We urge the Government of Uganda to respect freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly and hold members of the security forces accountable for violence and abuse,” according to the note from the State Department that reiterates, finally, his intention to “take action against those responsible for the undermining of democracy and Human Rights in Uganda”.
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